Environmental Leaders in Golf Honoured

Golfers and wildlife benefit from Crystal Springs Golf Course’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Crystal Springs is one of four recipients of the 2022 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Picture by Crystal Springs Golf Course.

Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Four golf course superintendents have been named winners of the 2022 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).

The annual awards are presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

Eight runners-up also received recognition for their environmental efforts.

The awards have recognised superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship since 1993, but in 2018 the ELGAs were updated to recognise more superintendents in more focused areas of environmental sustainability.

Instead of offering national awards based on facility type, the current version of the ELGAs is based on environmental best management practices and honour specific areas of focus.

The Communications and Outreach Award recognises effective communication of conservation strategies with facility employees, golfers and other members of the community.

The Healthy Land Stewardship Award recognises effective strategies for efficient use of pesticides and nutrients, as well as pollution prevention.

The Innovative Conservation Award recognises unique and innovative strategies for conservation.

The Natural Resource Conservation Award recognises effective strategies for water conservation, energy conservation and sound wildlife management.

“The ELGA winners are shining examples of how golf courses superintendents are able to combine enjoyable playing conditions and sustainable practices,” said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “We applaud each of you for your commitment to environmental sustainability.”

2022 ELGA Winners

Communications and Outreach Award: Scott R. Bower, Director of Greens and Grounds Martis Camp Club, Truckee, California.

Healthy Land Stewardship Award: Justin C. Brimley, Course Superintendent, Crystal Springs Golf Course, Burlingame, California.

Innovative Conservation Award: Russell F. Young, Course Superintendent, Palm Tree Golf Course, Yigo, Guam.

Natural Resource Conservation Award, Wayne Mills, La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California.

The four winners will be recognised during the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show in Orlando from February 6-9, 2023.

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